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John the Baptist and Jesus: History and Hypotheses*

  • Jerome Murphy-O'Connor (a1)

The most recent addition to the library of books on John the Baptist is that of Josef Ernst, Johannes der Taufer, Interpretation-Geschichte-Wirkungsgeschichte. Like many of its predecessors, it is wide-ranging in scope, extensive in documentation, thorough in analysis, and clear inits conclusions. But also like them it has its blind spots. There are questions thatarenot asked, and answers that are given too glibly. In both cases we are deprived of valuable information.

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R. de Vaux , ‘The Excavations at Tell el-Far'ah and the Site of Ancient Tirzah’, PEQ 88 (1956) 126, 135.

As regards John 3. 22–24 in particular, see C. H. Dodd , Historical Tradition in the Fourth Gospel (Cambridge: CUP, 1963) 279–87

N. Krieger , ‘Fiktive Orte der Johannes-Taufe’, ZNW 45 (1954) 121–3.

An excellent survey of recent opinion is given by M. Wolter , ‘Apollos und die ephesinischen Johannesjiinger (Act 18:24–19:7)’, ZNW 78 (1987) 4973.

Freyne (Galilee, 207 note 139) cites S. Mintz , ‘The Rural Proletariat and the Problem of Rural Proletariat Consciousness’, Journal of Peasant Studies 1 (1974) 291325.

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New Testament Studies
  • ISSN: 0028-6885
  • EISSN: 1469-8145
  • URL: /core/journals/new-testament-studies
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